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It’s our turn! Sironko to host 57th national Independence celebrations

President Yoweri Museveni addresses the nation during one of the previous national celebrations. (PHOTO/File)

KAMPALA —Sironko district has been chosen to host Uganda’s 57th Independence day celebrations, the National Organising Committee (NOC) has announced on Monday August 26.

Haji Yunus Kukunda, Chairperson NOC in letter to Sironko RDC said preparations at the national level have commenced.

“The nation is due to celebrate the 57th Independence Day Anniversary on 9th October 2019 and it has decided that the ceremony will be held at Sironko District Headquarters, ” Hajji Kukunda said in a letter to RDC and copied to Ministry of Presidency Esther Mbayo.

A statement released by the NOC ahead of the celebrations said as the country marks 57 years of independence, Ugandans should be proud of the successes registered notwithstanding the challenges.

He noted that office of the RDC is expected to work closely with the District leadership to ensure that the celebrations are given publicity.

Located about 254Km from Kampala City, North East, the place is a hive of activity as preparations to host President Museveni as the guest of honor commence.

A total of 100 people are expected to receive medals.

Last year, the newly created district of Kyotera hosted the national celebrations and President Museveni presided over as the guest of honor.

Britain granted independence to Uganda in 1962, and the first elections were held on 1 March 1961.

Benedicto Kiwanuka of the Democratic Party became the first chief minister.

Uganda became a republic the following year, maintaining its Commonwealth membership.

In succeeding years, supporters of a centralized state vied with those in favor of a loose federation and a strong role for tribally-based local kingdoms.

Political maneuvering climaxed in February 1966, when Milton Obote, the Prime Minister, suspended the constitution and assumed all government powers, removing the positions of president and vice president.

In September 1967, a new constitution proclaimed Uganda a republic, gave the president even greater powers, and abolished the traditional kingdoms.

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